Crews from Pedal Valve will remobilize in Washington the first week of December, according to Kevin Quaethem, water/wastewater superintendent.
The city contracted with Siemens Building Technologies and the firm’s installation partner, Pedal Valves, Inc. (PVI), to install the new residential and commercial iPERL water meters throughout town this year.
PVI was pulled from the job in October because of an inventory ordering issue.
“The equipment is in stock now, and it looks like we are tentatively set up to remobilize the first week of December, earlier if possible,” Quaethem said.
The crews are in the final stage of installation, however, Quaethem said it would be hard to estimate the final completion date.
There are about 700 meters that still need to be installed. Crews will use a routing system and try to install all meters in one area before moving to the next.
Completion originally was estimated by the end of the year.
“We’re still shooting to be complete by then,” Quaethem said. “We had to postpone by one month, so the project may run a little longer — hopefully no later than February.”
Quaethem noted that residents who have not had their meters switched out can expect a phone call to make an appointment the last week of November or first week of December.
The city also will send out another round of letters to those who still need their meters changed at the same time.
Quaethem said he is happy with how the project is going thus far.
“We try to address all issues and work with the company, and we continue to work with them even while they’re off site,” Quaethem said.